Cuvelier is recommending that any voter that has yet to mail in their ballot by March 8 not place the ballot in the mail but instead bring it to Town Hall, 11000 N. La Canada Drive during business hours March 11 or from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 12. Ballots can also be taken to the Pima County Recorder's Office, Division of Elections, 130 W. Congress St. during the office's normal business hours March 11, and until 7 p.m. March 12.
Cuvelier said officials from the Pima County Elections Division will be at the main Tucson post office at 7 p.m. to collect any ballots still in the mail.
Ballots that arrive in the mail after 7 p.m. will not be counted, she said.
In normal elections, the polls close at 7 p.m. on election day and only ballots cast and in the hands of election officials before then are counted. Cuvelier said it is the same for all-mail elections, regardless if the voter cast their vote before the deadline but the ballot was not delivered to election officials by the time the polls close.
As of March 4, 4,747 Oro Valley voters had returned their ballots, a turnout of about 28 percent. Town officials were hoping the all-mail ballot would boost voter turnout to 60 percent.
If that figure is to be reached, an additional 5,000 voters will have to return a ballot by March 12. Historically, Oro Valley voter turnout for council elections has ranged between 20 and 30 percent regardless of the number of registered votes at the time of the election.
Although Oro Valley and the county will have all of the allowed cast ballots in hand March 12, the ballots won't be opened until March 13 and may not be counted until March 14, meaning any winners or need for run-off elections won't be known until two or three days after the election ends.
Anyone with questions about casting their Oro Valley ballot can call Cuvelier at 229-4700 or the county elections division, 740-4260.